aA
Lithuania's outgoing government approved on Wednesday the Health Ministry's proposal to buy 1.24 million coronavirus vaccines from BioNTech and Pfizer.
Vakcina nuo koronaviruso.
Vakcina nuo koronaviruso.
© Shutterstock

The European Commission signed preliminary contracts with these companies last week, but they still need to be approved by EU member states. The EC and the two companies agreed on the acquisition of 200 million coronavirus vaccines, as well as on the reservation of another 100 million doses.

Outgoing Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said this is the fourth vaccine that Lithuania wants to purchase jointly with other countries.

Gytis Andrulionis, head of Lithuania's State Medicines Control Agency, told BNS earlier that Lithuania could be allocated 620,000 doses out the additionally reserved vaccines.

Earlier, Lithuania made decisions to buy 1.86 million vaccines from AstraZeneca, 1.24 million doses form Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (Lithuania now wants this amount to be reduced to 700,000), and another 1.5 million vaccines from Sanofi and GSK.

Moreover, the Lithuanian Cabinet also decided earlier that Lithuania would join other EU member states for the acquisition of all COVID-19 vaccines under development the European Commission is holding negotiations on right now.

The Lithuanian government says it wants to acquire enough vaccines to immunize 70 percent of the country's population.

US biotech company Moderna announced on Monday that its experimental vaccine offers 94.5 percent protection from the coronavirus, based on the company's clinical trials that involved over 30,000 people.

A week earlier, BioNTech and Pfizer announced that their vaccine offers a similar protection level of 90 percent.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Lithuania asks ECHR to join case on Russian aggression in Ukraine

Lithuania on Friday asked the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to join its case on Russia's...

MP Gedvilas will seek to become Labour Party’s leader

MP Aidas Gedvilas has decided to take part in the upcoming election of a new leader of the Labour Party.

Lithuania launches probe into pro-Russian Ukrainian blogger's finances

Lithuania's Prosecutor General's Office last week launched an investigation into the assets and...

1 318 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths

Lithuania has recorded 1,318 new coronavirus infections and no deaths from COVID-19 over the past 24...

30 migrants tried to access Lithuania illegally from Belarus

On Thursday, 11 August, Lithuanian border guards stopped 30 illegal migrants at the border as they...

Top news

Deficit on current account balance increased significantly in June

The Bank of Lithuania has published the balance of payments for June 2022, which shows that the...

Industrial production down by 1.8% in June

In June 2022, the seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by 0.7% in the euro area and by 0.6%...

Lithuania asks ECHR to join case on Russian aggression in Ukraine

Lithuania on Friday asked the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to join its case on Russia's...

Bajarunas proposed for ambassador to United Kingdom

Eitvydas Bajarunas has been proposed for Lithuanian ambassador to the United Kingdom, under a draft...

Foreign Affairs Minister welcomes Estonia and Latvia’s decision to quit China’s 16+1 cooperation initiative

More than a year after Lithuania withdrew the 17+1 cooperation framework of Central and Eastern...